June 18, 2008 Edition

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Births

Makenzi Leona Pope Carter Carnell Sanders Elijah Allen Snearly
Brayleigh Sneed Emma Makennan Wade Constance Marie Woods

Weddings/Engagements

Chappell ~ Mendleski Lathrop ~ Midkiff Ridge ~ Sloan

Obituaries

Wanda Jane Broadway Jane W. Cook Audrey Gilbert
Donald Lee Hawkins Cindy Hopkins Wanda Mae Hughes
Amanda Rhea Jones Cyrce King James Houston Lawrence
I.H. Mahan Evelyn Cloyce Malone Francine Matthews
Bobby McLain Reva Gipson Modlin Darrel Neeley

Births

Makenzi Leona Pope

Billy and Jackee Pope of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, on June 12, 2008, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed seven pounds, and has been named Makenzi Leona Pope.

Grandparents are Mike and Sheila Neal of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and Terrence and Connie Pope of Palmetto, Fla.

Great-grandparents are Bob and Vesta Smith of Black Rock and William Pope of Bradenton, Fla.

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Carter Carnell Sanders

Michael and Jody Sanders of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born June 6, 2008, at St. Bernard in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 13.4 ounces, and has been named Carter Carnell Sanders.

He has a sister, Alyssa Sanders, who is three and a half.

Grandparents are Terry and Shirley Millsap of Walnut Ridge and Donald and Patricia Sanders of Black Rock.

Great-grandparents are Lena Stormes and Freddie and Viola Pickney, all of Black Rock, and Lucille Millsap of Brookland.

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Elijah Allen Snearly

Nick and Julie Snearly have announced the birth of a son, born June 10, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Elijah Allen Snearly.

Grandparents are Diane Moore and Vernon Moore, both of Hoxie, and Rick and Joyce Snearly of Highland.

Great-grandparents are Ray and Elsie Clark of Black Rock, Della Moore of Hoxie and Claudine Snearly and Earlene Schales, both of Highland.

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Brayleigh Cheyenne Sneed

Bradley and Tina Sneed of Paragould have announced the birth of a daughter, born May 11, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Brayleigh Cheyenne Sneed.

She has two brothers, Kyle Davis, 16, and Cody Davis, 13.

Grandparents are Paul and Carolyn Cooper of Paragould and O'Neal and Peggy Sneed of Strawberry.

She is the great-granddaughter of John Nelson of Anderson, Ind.

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Emma Makennan Wade

Blake and Brandi Wade of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on May 24, 2008, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed six pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Emma Makennan Wade.

She has an older sister, Madison, who is three.

Grandparents are Danny and Sandy Duncan and Randy and Melody Wade, all of Walnut Ridge. She is the great-granddaughter of Bill and Pearlene Franks of Walnut Ridge, Bobby Duncan of Hoxie, Dorothy Liles of Light and Mary Kincade of Walnut Ridge.

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Constance Marie Woods

Branden and Burdessia Woods of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born June 9, 2008, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed six pounds, four ounces, and has been named Constance Marie Woods.

She has one brother, Kadin Woods, one, and a sister, Jasmine Keeley, who is deceased.

Grandparents are Terrence and Connie Pope of Palmetto, Fla., and Steve and Marie Woods of Black Rock.

Great-grandparents are Bob and Vesta Smith and Jane and Dale Barton, all of Black Rock, Elmo Woods of Swifton and William Pope of Bradesnton, Fla.

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Weddings/Engagements

Chappell ~ Mendleski

LaDonna Marie Chappell and Stephen Gerald Mendleski were married on May 31 in a ceremony overlooking the Bull Shoals Lake and White River.

The bride is the daughter of Joe and Belinda Chappell of Imboden, and the groom is the son of Steve and Liz Mendleski of Lakeview.

The sunset ceremony was held at the James A. Gaston Visitor Center in Bull Shoals.

The bride wore a lace and satin gown by Maggie Sottero. The groom wore linen pants and a cornflower blue shirt.

LaDonna is a 2005 graduate of Lyon College of Batesville and teaches high school science in Mountain Home. Steve is a 1999 graduate of The DeVry Institute of Technology in Kansas City, Mo. He is employed in the IT department of Liberty Bank of Arkansas in Mountain Home.

They are living in Lakeview.

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Lathrop ~ Midkiff

Sarah Catherine Lathrop and Joseph Thomas Midkiff will exchange wedding vows Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. in the Murphysboro Events Center in Murphysboro, Ill.

Parents of the couple are Helen Lathrop of Columbia, S.C., and Dr. Gregory Lathrop of Warrenton, Va., and Drs. David and Sheri Midkiff of Portia.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Eleanor Arms of Columbia, S.C., and the late George Arms and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Lathrop of Plymouth, Minn. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art/photography. She is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in photography at Southern Illinois University � Carbondale.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Pickett of Ravenden Springs and Charlena Midkiff of Hoxie and the late Dr. John T. Midkiff. He is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in journalism/photojournalism. He will graduate in August with a master of science degree in professional media and media management studies at Southern Illinois University ~ Carbondale.

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Ridge ~ Sloan

Pashia Ridge of Portia announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Blythe McCall Ridge, to Jeremiah Caleb Sloan, son of Dan Sloan of Black Rock and the late Dianne Sloan.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Dunlap of Portia and Rebecca Willcockson of Corinth, Texas. She was the 2005 Black Rock High School valedictorian and is a senior psychology and Spanish major at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. She is employed with the Microbiology and Immunology Department of Vanderbilt University.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jack Sloan of Powhatan and the late Suzanne Sloan and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cross, who lived in Willow Springs, Mo. He was the 2005 Black Rock High School salutatorian and is a senior electrical engineering major at Tennessee State University and an Air Force ROTC Cadet. Jeremiah is employed with Towne Park as a professional guest service associate at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville.

The wedding will take place on Saturday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church in Smithville. A reception will follow at the Old Portia School auditorium. No local invitations are being sent, but all friends and relatives are invited to attend.

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Obituaries

Wanda Jane Broadway

Wanda Jane Broadway, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died June 12, 2008, in Batesville.

She was a former dorm mother at Crowley's Ridge College and a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Myrtle Bowen Slayton; five brothers; three sisters; and a granddaughter, Michelle Broadway Crutcher.

Survivors include a son, Charles Broadway and wife Margaret, Batesville; two grandchildren, Allen Broadway and Melissa Anderson; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Bill Willard and Don House officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery, near Egypt.

Pallbearers were Allen Broadway, Mike Crutcher, Greg Anderson, Matthew Anderson, Tori Hicks and Joe Hicks. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Hicks, James Harold Hicks, Ronnie Slayton, Larry Slayton, Dean Slayton and Gary Slayton.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home of Paragould, 5515 Old Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450.

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Jane W. Cook

Jane W. Cook, 89, of Germantown, Tenn., died June 11, 2008, at her home.

Born Sept. 13, 1918, at Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Charles C. and Zona Hennessee Wright. She was a retired co-owner of the Memphis School of Commerce. She was a member of the Germantown Presbyterian Church and the Eastern Star. She taught Sunday school for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Darwin Wright and Darful Wright; two sisters, Sevetus Carpenter and Sedelia Wright; and a grandson.

Survivors include her husband, Robert A. Cook; a son, George A. Wilkerson, Idaho Falls, Idaho; a daughter, Sara Jo Wilkerson Lee, Madison, Miss.; a stepson, Allen Cook, Spokane, Wash.; three stepdaughters, Fran Barbour, Albuquerque, N.M., and Evelyn Mosley and Barbara Presley, both of Germantown; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. in the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel at Cave City with Rev. Chris Ham officiating. Burial was in Cave City Cemetery.

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Audrey Gilbert

Audrey Gilbert, 86, of Tuckerman, sister of Thelma Smithee of Hoxie, died June 11, 2008. Burial was Saturday in Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Donald Lee Hawkins

Donald Lee Hawkins, 54, of Pocahontas, died June 8, 2008, in Tennessee.

Born Dec. 16, 1953, in Indianapolis, he was the son of Eugene and Carol Ruth Hawkins. He worked at SKIL Corporation for many years and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Sweet Hawkins, whom he married June 23, 1989, in Pocahontas; his father, Eugene Hawkins, Hardy; a brother, Cliff Hawkins, Thayer, Mo.; and three sisters, Linda Guthrie, Paragould, Teresa Poulette, Thayer, and Brenda Reeves, Hardy.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Baker Cemetery, near Ozark Acres, under the direction of Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

An online guestbook is available at www.tricountyfunerals.com.

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Cindy Hopkins

Cindy Hopkins, 49, of Powhatan, died June 17, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, of natural causes.

Born Nov. 27, 1958, she was the daughter of John and Yvonne Darris Higginbotham.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Hopkins; a daughter, Crystal Daughertee, Walnut Ridge; two stepsons, Charles Hopkins and John Hopkins; her mother and stepfather, Yvonne and Leon Shelton, Black Rock; two half-brothers, James Shelton, Jonesboro, and Timothy Shelton, Searcy; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements will be announced later by Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Wanda Mae Hughes

Wanda Mae Hughes, 71, of Jonesboro, mother of Donna Parks of Alicia, died June 9, 2008, at her home. Burial was Thursday in Pine Log Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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Amanda Rhea Jones

Amanda Rhea Jones, 21, of Jonesboro, died June 15, 2008, at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis.

Born Sept. 16, 1986, in Jonesboro, she was a student at Williams Baptist College and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Kenneth Jones.

Survivors include her parents, Stan and Tammy Jones; and two brothers, Matthew Jones and Michael Jones; her grandparents, David and Mary Hotchkiss and Margie Jones; and her best friend, Lindsay Kirksey.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Jeff Tapp officiating. Burial will be in Pine Log Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Adam Cloinger, Troy Hall, Rusty Spurlock, Zak Kirksey, Joseph Davis and Mark Gragg. Honorary pallbearers will be Lindsay Kirksey, Haleigh Puckett and the doctors and nurses of St. Jude.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Cyrce King

Cyrce King, 87, of Portia, died June 16, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The son of Wilf and Margaret Bellah King, he had lived in Portia most of his life after moving from the Strangers Home community. He was a retired firefighter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Dale King; three brothers, Dan King, Charlie King and Frank King; three sisters, Leona Stuart, Zona Brown and Donna McKee; and a great-grandchild, Derrick King.

Survivors include two sons, Jim King, Portia, and Tommy King, Batesville; a sister, Myrtle Holder, Walnut Ridge; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Danny Whitmire officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers will be Greg Duckworth, Nick Evans, Luther Jones, Terry Nance, Steven Lee and Robbie Dail. Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Carey, Gene Privett, Ed Baker, Robert Shelton and Shawn Russell.

Memorials may be made to the Portia Volunteer Fire Department or to Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Visitation is tonight from 5 to 8 at the funeral home.

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James Houston Lawrence

James Houston Lawrence, 67, of Tuckerman, brother of William Lawrence of Hoxie, died June 15, 2008. Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Bro. Johnny Allen Green officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 5 to 7 at the funeral home. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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I.H. Mahan

I.H. "Bud" Mahan, 88, of Tyler, Texas, died June 14, 2008, in a Tyler hospital.

Born May 5, 1920, in Alicia, he was the son of Elmer and Lois Wolf Mahan. A World War II Army veteran, he had lived in Cash before moving to the Tyler area nine years ago. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and First Baptist Church of Cash.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dolores Foreman.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Geneva Mahan; a brother; two sisters; two granddaughters, Myra LaRue and Karen Brown; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Damascus Cemetery with Don Dietz officiating. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors of Lindale, Texas, has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.caudle-rutledge.com.

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Evelyn Cloyce Malone

Evelyn Cloyce Malone, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died June 17, 2008, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

The daughter of Homer and Maggie Morgan Hooten, she had lived in Walnut Ridge for the past 46 years after moving from Clover Bend. She was a homemaker and was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Malone; a daughter, Betty DeJarnette; a sister; two brothers; a daughter-in-law; and an infant grandson.

Survivors include two sons, Joe Malone and wife Mary, Davie, Fla., and Bobby Malone, Little Rock; three daughters, Mary Tucker, Bozeman, Mont., Vonna Nicholson and husband Larry, West Memphis, and Carol House and husband Eddie, Swifton; a brother, Steele Hooten, Pine Bluff; a son-in-law, Gene DeJarnette, Sterling, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ with Don House and Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Main Street Church of Christ or to The Children's Home, 5515 Old Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

Visitation is Thursday from 5 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Francine Matthews

Francine Matthews, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died June 10, 2008.

Born Oct. 14, 1924, at Sidney, she was the daughter of Earl and Ima Arnold Cole Cargill. She was an educator for the Jonesboro Public Schools and was a member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Monroe Matthews, on June 28, 1979, whom she married July 18, 1944.

Survivors include four sons, Danny Matthews, Batesville, Tommy Matthews, Lynnville, Tenn., Cary Matthews, Jonesboro, and Todd Matthews, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Pana Phillips, Cherokee Village; a sister, Betty Wiley, Jonesboro; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church with Bros. Derek Collins and Randy Bailey officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Sonny Bilbrey, Danny Andrews, Luther Allen, Mike Webbe, Charles Helms and Buck Pickrell. Grandchildren and family served as honorary pallbearers.

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Bobby McLain

Bobby McLain, 56, of Cabot, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died June 14, 2008, in an automobile accident near Hopewell in Cleburne County.

He was a facilities engineer for Kroger and had previously lived in McRae and Paragould.

Survivors include his wife, Janice George McLain; a daughter, Laura Newberry, Paragould; a son, Eric McLain, Little Rock; his father, Walt McLain, Berryville; his mother, Nancy Blackshear, Bald Knob; two sisters, Becky Robbins, Cabot, and Jan Mullin, Higginson; a brother, Malcom McLain, Bald Knob; and a grandchild, Kameron.

The body was cremated. Private services are under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Reva Gipson Modlin

Reva Gipson Modlin, 91, of Farmington, Mo., sister of Ralph Gipson of Hoxie, died June 11, 2008. Burial was Saturday in Duty Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. An online guestbook is available at www.mcnabbfuneralhome.com.

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Darrel Neeley

Darrel Neeley, 62, of Forrest City, father of Terral Neeley of Strawberry, died June 13, 2008, at the Forrest City Medical Center. Burial was Monday in Loughridge Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, 2718 Highway 306 East, Colt, AR 72326. An online guestbook is available at www.stevensfuneralhome.net.

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